Young impala and red-billed oxpecker, Hluhluwe Game Reserve, South Africa by Sabrina Colombo

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Nature is wonderful because although every day there is a fight for survival, some animals help and benefit each other, sharing the daily struggles.
Oxpeckers are incredibly useful birds to many species of herbivores, as they are specialized in eating ticks and parasites. The photo portrays the mutualistic relationship between the impala and the bird: the antelope benefits for the "cleaning services" while at the same time, the bird feeds.
Moreover, the oxpeckers are great at detecting dangers and will alarm call with a typical sound if any threat comes nearby, including humans!
Nature never ceases to amaze me as it demonstrate us every day that even though there is a strenuous fight for survival out there, helping each other is often more beneficial.

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